In the vibrant heart of Camden, Branton’s latest single, “Pink Dinosaurs,” makes its mark as a whimsical yet profound addition to the indie music scene. As the 10th release and 6th single from the enigmatic artist, “Pink Dinosaurs” captivates audiences with its intimate storytelling and infectious melodies.
In a candid interview with Camden Monthly, Branton shares the unconventional inspiration behind “Pink Dinosaurs,” recounting the significance of a chipped, pink dinosaur earring gifted by a special someone. This muse, steeped in personal symbolism, serves as the catalyst for a song that defies genre norms and embraces the complexities of love and introspection.
What inspired you to get into music:
I’ve been producing music for years, since I was about 16 with one of my best friends. We were listening to Vanic’s remixes of K. Flay hits, like “Can’t Sleep,” and “Make Me Fade,” and we thought: “this is awesome! We could do this; how hard could it be?” As it turned out, it was very hard; we were absolutely horrible — I’m talking, my first song idea was titled “Spoons,” that level of horrible. But, we stuck with it. I began pleading with my Berklee Alumni neighbor to teach me music theory. I didn’t start getting into songwriting until a few years later. As a listener, lyrics have this amazing gift of helping you deal with life — they definitely helped me! I didn’t go anywhere without earbuds. Disastrous family feuds? Music. Beach trip with the friends? Music. Realizing you still don’t have any of the answers to the universe when you turn 18? Music. I’ve always loved the idea of sharing stories that people can find, and feel connected to, I was just too afraid to share mine. Growing up in an Assyrian household, you’d be ridiculed for writing songs. Anyone who’s ever been a creative in my family was diminished and reduced until they quit; no award or accomplishment could change that. I’d always joke that I come from a family of tone-def orangutans, because absolutely no one in my family could sing. I’ve come to learn, no one in my family would sing.
I was 23, and along with all my classmates, went to school to further my knowledge of music production and theory. None of us were singers. Now, take those same 20 producers, and one by one, stick them in front of a classroom to display a self-performed vocal track for their peers and industry-professional teachers. Complete, beautiful, embarrassment. It was amazing; I really loved it! Sometimes, you just need to be forced to do the things you’re afraid of. I was 23 years old, I had never taken a vocal lesson in my life, my songwriting mentor hated everything I had ever shown him, and all thanks to the Dunning-Kruger eﬀect, I thought: “ah man, I’m going to do this.” Low and behold, 3 years later, I have 10 songs out in the world.
How would you describe your music?
Hopefully, my music comes across as genuine. I want my songs to mean something to somebody. I’ve written a lot of vulnerable, emotionally driven, indie tracks. More recently, I’ve been writing from a place of fun. All the great musical acts throughout history have been able to do both, right? I grew up listening to classic rock legends like AC/DC and Poison, as well as alternative rock all-stars like OK Go and Hot Hot Heat. I’m definitely trying to incorporate more that ‘early 2000’s alt sound’ into my music these days. I love the whole “overly-confident, I’m the man” bravado behind rock music.
What would you say is your recording and song writing style?
I record from home, like 99% of the time, and by home, I mean my grandma’s spare bedroom with absurdly thin walls (you’re welcome, neighbours). Acoustics and room treatment is a lost cause; there are too many old Jesus relics in that room to worry about reflecting audio signals. My recording process has changed a lot in recent years as my vocal confidence has increased. I remember recording “I Hate My Birthday.” I just could not get a take I was happy with. I recorded over 2,000 takes for that song. I lost my voice 3 times in the process; it took me weeks.
Nowadays, especially working with Luke (Luke Atlas of Coast Modern, and now, Wet World), I record a demo in a day. I get in all my vocal ideas and layers, then send them over. Dependent on what Luke does with the arrangement or instrumental, I may take another few hours later-on to clean up my vocals, or record new ideas. I think all of the tracks we’ve made together, they’re just my demo vocals with a few added harmonies, doubles, or ad libs.
Where would you like to see your music career in 5 years time?
Touring, definitely. I have other plans too for my music career — like, more business-minded entrepreneurial goals, but for my music specifically, I want to get on the road! I’d love to have enough fans to be able to logistically write an album, then go on tour. That’s what I’m working towards. I’ve started practicing for live gigs. It’s my next big fear to conquer, but it’s coming!
Where can music fans listen your music?
My music is everywhere! I’m trying to make a bigger push on YouTube this year, and upload lyric videos for all of my songs (and soon, music videos), it just takes time (and money). But, I’m Branton on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon Music, or wherever you get your fix.
Branton’s lyrical approach to “Pink Dinosaurs” reflects his unique perspective on matters of the heart, weaving together humor and sincerity to create a narrative that resonates with authenticity. Through witty wordplay and introspective musings, Branton invites listeners on a journey through the labyrinth of emotions that define modern romance.
Musically, “Pink Dinosaurs” showcases Branton’s signature blend of indie and alternative rock influences, infused with a dash of Camden’s eclectic energy. Collaborating with Luke Atlas, the production elevates Branton’s dynamic vocals and infectious melodies, resulting in a sonic tapestry that captivates the senses.
Despite his initial reluctance towards love songs, Branton’s evolution as an artist is evident in “Pink Dinosaurs,” as he fearlessly explores themes of vulnerability and self-discovery. With a recording process rooted in DIY ethos and vocal perseverance, Branton’s dedication to his craft shines through, culminating in a polished yet authentic sound that resonates with audiences.
Looking ahead, Branton envisions his music career expanding into live performances and creative collaborations, driven by a desire to connect with audiences on a profound level. With “Pink Dinosaurs” available on various platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube, Branton invites fans to embark on a musical journey filled with laughter, love, and the undeniable charm of Camden’s bustling streets.
In “Pink Dinosaurs,” Branton emerges as a compelling voice in the indie music landscape, offering a refreshing perspective on love and life’s intricacies. As Camden Monthly celebrates the vibrancy of its local music scene, “Pink Dinosaurs” stands out as a testament to Branton’s artistry and enduring passion for storytelling through music.